The commercial section of the Austrian Embassy in Romania has announced that its initiative to promote the dual-education system will continue this year with the help of seven multinational firms.
The o’SCAR education program is developed in partnership with the Economic College ( Costin C. Kiritescu). This year, there are 56 available positions for candidates, enough to fill two classrooms.
The three-year program targets teenagers that want to work in the retail sector. The students will get both theoretical training and will be able to apply what they have learned in real companies. Courses will start in September 2016. The young people undergoing this training will receive a monthly stipend of up to RON 400 and the chance to get a job at the end of the courses, which are free.
The companies enrolled in this program are Billa, Deichmann, Hervis, C&A, Humanic, Kika and Telekom Romania.
“The development of the o’SCAR program was generated by the need of young people to start building their own way in life. We want to prove that a career does not mean only going to university and graduating. What is really concerning is that most of the parents ask their children to pursue the wrong jobs, only from the point of view of their own failures,” said Rudolf Lukavsky, commercial counselor at the Austrian Embassy.
Foreign investors have warned in recent years there is a chronic lack of skilled employees in Romania and there aren’t enough schools that can provide vocational training for jobs such as plumber or electrician.